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English definition of “crisis”

crisis

noun [C, U]
 
 
/ˈkraɪsɪs/ (plural crises /ˈkraɪsiːz/)
B2 a situation or time that is extremely dangerous or difficult: an economic/financial crisis The country's leadership is in crisis. → See also mid-life crisisAccidents and disastersDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesFailures
(Definition of crisis from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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